Australian Boulder Opal Pendant
- Opal Type: Boulder Opal
- Origin: Western Queensland, Australia
- Sterling Silver 925
- Stone Size: 14*11 mm
The stone name opal comes from the Sanskrit word “Upala” for stone or precious stone.
Formed in areas of Ironstone, Boulder Opals are created when the host rock (Ironstone) forms with/as part of the opal when the gem is formed in cracks/voids within the host rock. The resulting opal is often a thin vein laid on (natural) the Ironstone.
Boulder Opal, with colours ranging from black or light, is sourced from areas in Western Queensland, which are cut to incorporate the brown host Ironstone and are valuable due to their high demand. Around Andamooka in South Australia, where the host-rock is quartz which is lighter in colour, the Boulder Opal is also referred to as a ‘Painted Ladies’.
Opal is a hydrous silicon dioxide mineraloid (it has no crystalline structure, and between 10% to 20% water content). There are 2 groups of Opal: Precious Opal (play of colour) and Common Opal (no play of colour). Light diffracts into a spectrum of colours through ordered micro-silica spheres within Precious Opal. There are over 60 named variety of Opal making identification difficult.
Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances imagination and creativity. It can bring inspiration to projects and to life and Spirit.
Opal has a larger proportion of water in it than most stones and is considered a water stone. This can help ease the effort of handling change in life. Like water rolls over and past rocks and roots in its way, the energy of opal can help continue on your path regardless of obstacles. During times of transformation, this is an invaluable energy to work with and hold close to your heart.
Boulder Opal has a pure energy, clears and strengthens the aura. Boulder Opal provides clarity and purity of thought, un-cluttering a muddled and confused mind. Boulder Opal calms and centres, used in meditation can facilitate counsel with guides.
Boulder Opal can help to reveal the inner truth of ones aspirations, ambitions and desires.